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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
September 2021
(Also available as a Full-Content PDF version, for downloading and printing.)

Whole-Congregation Worship

Sunday worship is 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Sunday, August 29: “The Curious Promise of Limited Time”

Sunday, August 29: “The Curious Promise of Limited Time”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m. in person at Moundview Park, 3130 Newtown Road, Newtown Ohio. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) Based on a song by Carrie Newcomer, today's reflection invites us into the beauty and wonder of impermanence. That which is fleeting is made even more precious. Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

Sunday, September 5: “Remember and Renew”

Sunday, September 5: “Remember and Renew”
Rev. Nic Cable. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. As a community of memory, we are called to remember what we have lost and gained in our journey through the pandemic. As we remember who we are and whose we are, the work before us will become clearer for this year ahead. Join Unitarian Universalist minister Nic Cable as he explores how …

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Sunday, September 12: “Homecoming Sunday”

Sunday, September 12: “Homecoming Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m., In Person, Outside, at Heritage UU Church. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) After a year and a half away from our beloved Heritage Church, we gather again to reclaim our sacred space with a traditional-yet-reimagined Ingathering and Water Ceremony worship service suitable for the …

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Sunday, September 19: “For Everything There Is a Season”

Sunday, September 19: “For Everything There Is a Season”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. This week we move from summer into fall. Many religions celebrate the “new year” at this time of year, and even we Unitarian Universalists celebrate the start of a new “church year” – as we did last week by returning to the sacred space that is our lovely grounds at Heritage Church. Change …

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Sunday, September 26: “Sukkot: Jewish Harvest Festival”

Sunday, September 26: “Sukkot: Jewish Harvest Festival”
Laci Lee Adams. 10:30 a.m., In Person, Outside, at Heritage UU Church. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) Join us in celebrating the Jewish Harvest Festival, or Sukkot, named after the booth or huts that farmers would live in during the last hectic period of harvest before the winter rains. Our interactive, …

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Sunday, October 3: “Uu and Us”

Sunday, October 3: “Uu and Us”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. Our congregation, which was founded in 1827 as the First Universalist Society of Cincinnati, has always had an interesting relationship with Unitarian Universalism (which was created in 1961 by the joining of the Universalists and the Unitarians). For one thing, our congregational ancestors voted …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. September is here. We are on the cusp of fall. It’s been a year and a half since a pandemic forced us out of our beloved building. In that time, we learned how to do “Zoom worship” – eventually getting pretty good at it – and tried new ways to keep our community connected. But if …

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President’s Corner: Keep Safe and Keep Faith

President’s Corner: Keep Safe and Keep Faith
by Michael Wilhite. One of the most difficult but obvious decisions facing the HUUC Board during this past month was the need to recommend a step back with modest restrictions for COVID safety protocols. The rise in cases and hospitalizations in our area was alarming due the Delta variant spread in recent weeks. While we knew that …

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Living Our Love in Challenging Times

Living Our Love in Challenging Times
by Laci Lee Adams. Thank you so much to all of you that have warmly welcomed me into this Heritage community! I am already grateful beyond measure for your care, your questions, your wisdom and your presence. I am looking forward to getting to know all of our families, both those with kids in our RE program and those without. …

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Faith Development

Into the Wide-Open World

Into the Wide-Open World
Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Study Nature. Love Nature. Stay Close to Nature. It will never fail you.” We will be taking those words to heart in children's Religious Education this fall! In the midst of the surging COVID numbers and a slower than anticipated vaccine roll-out for our youngest ones, we have been pondering, imagining, researching …

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Registration for RE and YRUU This Fall

Registration for RE and YRUU This Fall
Fall registration has opened for Children's RE classes and YRUU (high school youth group). Register online at the HUUC Children and Youth Registration Form for 2021-22. All children and youth must be registered to attend classes and meetings this fall. If you have not already done so, fill out the registration form.

Social Action / Social Justice

GAPP and ACRU Offer Three Fall Events

GAPP and ACRU Offer Three Fall Events
Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) and Anderson Churches for Racial Unity (ACRU) are planning three fall events. Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.: We welcome back Dr. Joan Ferrante and students from Northern Kentucky University for another presentation from the Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories …

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IPM Has a New Clothing Donation Box

IPM Has a New Clothing Donation Box
The Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) location in Amelia now has a clothing donation box like the existing box at the Newtown location. IPM has partnered with St. Vincent de Paul to provide clothing for IPM clients unable to pick out clothing in the pantries due to Covid restrictions. St. Vincent de Paul collects the clothing and in return provides IPM …

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Events and Meetings

BWB Travels Virtually to Post Civil War Texas

BWB Travels Virtually to Post Civil War Texas
Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, the Babes with Books (BWB or Heritage's women's book club) selection for their September 15, 7 to 9 p.m. meeting in the sanctuary is News of the World, by Paulette Jiles. Amazon.com describes the novel as an "exquisitely rendered, morally …

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Grounds Beautification Day: Have Fun and Help on September 18

Grounds Beautification Day: Have Fun and Help on September 18
As we begin to use our lovely outdoor spaces at Heritage Church this fall (think the labyrinth, the Outdoor Chapel, the Memorial Garden, the playground, the woods and more), we are aware that our grounds are in need of a helping hand (or two). Volunteers of all ages are invited to the church on Saturday, September 18, to have fun …

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Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Our Vespers service is loosely patterned after vespers of the Taizé Monastic Community in France and was created to build a sense of communion with the holy through singing, readings, reflection, and silence. Join us in the sanctuary for an hour of peaceful contemplation. Please note that …

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13th Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat

13th Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat
Friday through Sunday, September 24-26, 2021. At Hope Springs Institute, near Peebles, Ohio – About an hour from church. Please Note: While we would love to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend, we will be following church guidelines and capping attendance for the Women’s Retreat at 30 women. Once we reach that number, we will create a waiting list. …
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Get Mindful This Midweek

Get Mindful This Midweek
You’ve heard about Midweek Mindfulness. Maybe now is the time to recommit to this powerful, transformative, very easy and quick spiritual practice. Set a recurring reminder on your phone for 12:30 each Wednesday. Then join others in the Heritage community (and literally around the world) in five minutes – just …

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Announcements

It’s Time to Return to the Church

It’s Time to Return to the Church
(Can We Get an ‘Amen!’?) The Heritage Board of Trustees has approved returning to in-person worship services on the church grounds (outdoors)! After 18 months worshipping away from HUUC, both virtually on Zoom and sometimes at Moundview Park in Newtown, we are eager to begin reclaiming our sacred space for …

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Newcomers Are Invited To Join Heritage Church

Newcomers Are Invited To Join Heritage Church
On Sunday, September 12, as part of our Homecoming Sunday worship service outdoors at HUUC, we will be welcoming new members into our Heritage Church family. If you are 18 years or older, and would like to join the church or learn more about membership, please contact Rev. Bill Gupton.

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Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees for 2021-2022

Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees for 2021-2022
The church year runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Shown here, left to right, are the members of the Board of Trustees: Michael Wilhite (President), Michelle Kelly (Secretary), Kay Inskeep, John Sandman, Meredith Meyer, Julie Kane (Vice President), and Mark Buckley.

Heritage UU Church Policies Related to COVID-19

Heritage UU Church Policies Related to COVID-19
This document contains three policy statements in response to COVID-19. They are: Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19; In-Person Worship Policy; and Indoor Gathering Policy.
Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19: The following policy shall be reviewed monthly by the Board …

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Collect Some Water This Summer!

Collect Some Water This Summer!
This summer, as you travel – or stay home – be sure to collect a small vial of water for our Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony on September 12. Whether it’s from grandma’s creek, the Pacific Ocean, the Ohio River, a melting glacier – or your own backyard – just make sure the water has some special significance of location, event, …

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News Articles

Heritage Member to Address Area Women

Heritage Member to Address Area Women
Monday, September 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m. Terri Gaitskill will give a public talk open to all women on the topic of Physical Changes as we age. The talk is one of a nine-part series she has created. She has spoken on a couple of the topics at Heritage Church, as well as the Y, OLLI classes, senior centers, and senior …

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Board Briefs for August 2021

Board Briefs for August 2021
~ The Board welcomed HUUC’s new Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Laci Adams, to the team.
~ In light of the upswing of the Delta Variant of COVID-19, the board updated the three policies on COVID-19 and circulated to the congregation. Small group meetings of 30 people or less will still be allowed to meet at HUUC. …

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From the Archives

The Littell Family

The Littell Family
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Over the course of our nearly 200 years of existence, we have seen many families contribute greatly to the support and functioning of our church. One of those families was the Littell family. Our church records indicate that the name Littell begins to appear in the 1870’s when William J. Littell became an …

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The Wider UU World

A Report from the Universalist Convocation

A Report from the Universalist Convocation
by Rebecca Pace. Last month I had the opportunity to attend the 2021 Universalist Convocation in Sandy Springs, Georgia. It was an upbeat event—mainly a reunion of clergy and historians who research and appreciate our rich Universalist history, before the 1961 merger. The day was packed …

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Calendar of Events

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A publication of
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Michael Wilhite, President
Laci Lee Adams, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Les Tacy, Music Director
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